Authorities tackle muddy rural roads

ANGUS Council and Tayside Police are urging motorists to be aware of the hazard which mud on the roads can create.

Operators of heavy plant and agricultural vehicles are also reminded of their responsibilities as failing to clean up and remove mud and debris from the road can be an offence under the Roads (Scotland) Act.

Angus Council’s roads spokesperson, Councillor David May, urged farmers and contractors to clear mess as quickly as possible, adding: “This is a problem across the country, particularly at this time of year. While everyone appreciates that farmers and contractors need to move their machines from field to field it is vital that any mess on the roads is cleared away as soon as possible as it can pose a real danger to unsuspecting drivers and motorcyclists.

“It is the responsibility of the operators of agricultural machinery to warn drivers with appropriately placed signs but more importantly to get any mud or debris off the road as swiftly as possible.”

Inspector Grant Edward, head of Eastern Division Road Policing Unit, echoed Councillor May’s comments: “Tayside Police, in conjunction with Angus Council as the area’s roads authority, has an agreed procedure to deal with reported instances of mud on the road.

“This may result in the council arranging to clean the road with the costs being recovered from the party responsible and, where necessary, tractor drivers and operators will be charged and reported to the Fiscal. We take robust action where the safety of road users is being put at risk.”